I’m always intrigued to see what pictures do well on Instagram. It never makes any sense to me. When I saw Rachel of A Nesting Nomad’s post on the stories behind her Instagram top 9, I was inspired to write my own. I use Instagram more like a virtual scrapbook rather than a curated feed on a theme, so I don’t have the biggest following. However, I’m always mildly amused by which pics get the love and which ones don’t. Here are the stories behind my very eclectic Instagram top 9.
#9 – The one with the cute bag
There really isn’t a story behind this pic, but who doesn’t like this adorable ticket bag from ipsy? I think I posted pics of all my ipsy bags, but this is the one the people of Instagram loved the best. You can see my review of the pictured April ipsy bag here.
#8 – The one at the race
This morning my mom and I walked in support of the VA and homeless veterans at the VA 2K Walk & Roll. As a veteran with disabilities, the VA is my primary source of care. Their services are vital to so many men and women who have served in the military. #supportourtroops #supportourvets #mscaptivating2017 @captivatingpageants
As Ms. Captivating 2017, I participated in some community events like the VA 2K Walk & Roll. It wasn’t the most organized or fun race that I’ve done, but there was a real sense of pride among the walkers. The event wasn’t promoted very well, which is a shame since VA services are important to veterans and need to be part of a wider community discussion.
#7 – The one with cute shoes
Outfit selfies proved to be rather popular, which I find hilarious since picture-wise they aren’t that great. However, I really like this plaid top from Stitch Fix #5, and I’m still a little bummed that these gladiator sandals didn’t work out.
#6 – The one with the green top
This is the first professional pic to make it into my top nine and is one of my official Ms. Captivating headshots. The photoshoot with my sister queens was fun and included a day of dressing up and eating decadent cupcakes. The emerald top is my pick from my first Stitch Fix, and I have to say that it does look good in photos.
#5 – The one with the jacket
Oh, look! It’s another Stitch fix find. The faux suede jacket is from Stitch Fix #4, and the photo was promoting being a co-host for Thursday Fashion Files. I really like this look, but I must confess that most days I’m in leggings or jeans and a tee. Working from home has not been good for my fashion sense.
#4 – The one with the chambray shirt
I like doing style challenges every now and then, and this was my final look for the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder challenge. Pictured is the Old Navy chambray shirt I wore to death and the Vera Bradley tote I picked up at the annual outlet sale.
#3 – The one with the cookie
This pic is from another photoshoot, and it’s one of my favorites. My pageant coach had suggested doing a few blog related photos since we had time to try different looks. My bangs were teased back into a roll for a vintage vibe, and I grabbed one of my favorite books and my big dorky glasses. My coach provided me with a cookie, and the shot was complete.
#2 – The one with the M*A*S*H tee
This final outfit selfie was snapped before running out the door for a baseball game with a M*A*S*H theme. The tee is from Amazon and is great for any M*A*S*H events you may have on your calendar. Interestingly, the pics I posted from the game did not get the Instagram love, which leads me to believe that perhaps it’s the tee that the people love.
#1 – The one with the clothes rack
It’s beyond me why this pic from a wardrobe fitting got the most love. It was a Sunday afternoon, and I was waiting for the wardrobe ladies to get to me. There was some to do because my “family” wasn’t there yet, so outfits couldn’t be decided on until the others came. Funnily enough, wardrobe only ended up providing me with a tank (from Target!), which I wore with my own denim jacket, black jeans, and black ballet flats. Here’s the crazy thing about that day… every time production approved my looks and said I could leave they’d change their mind and want to see what else I had brought. This happened maybe three times. I came with a garment bag full of stuff, but since wardrobe had to keep everything that was under consideration, I left wearing the only three pieces they didn’t want – a top, jean skirt, and sandals. Lesson #1: Always bring more than you think you’ll need to a wardrobe fitting. Lesson #2: Wash everything first. The black jeans I wore in the commercial were what I wore to the fitting because they were a little faded and dirty and all my nice, clean clothes were in the garment bag. Of course, I’d be stuck in those jeans for two days of filming. Lol.
What’s the story behind your Instagram top 9?
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